Researchers of Traditional, Complementary, Alternative, & Integrative Medicine and Health

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The Association between the Mediterranean Dietary Pattern and Cognitive Health: A Systematic Review

The ageing population is accompanied by increased rates of cognitive decline and dementia. Not only does cognitive decline have a profound impact on an individual’s health and quality of life, but also on that of their caregivers. The Mediterranean diet (MD) has been known to aid in reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes. It has been recently linked to better cognitive function in the elderly population.

Add-On Therapy with Traditional Chinese Medicine Improves Outcomes and Reduces Adverse Events in Hepatocellular Carcinoma: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) therapy for hepatocellular carcinoma remains controversial. This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of TCM regimens in HCC treatment. Read more here.

The Effects of Aromatherapy Massage on Sleep Quality of Nurses on Monthly Rotating Night Shifts

The goal of this study is to examine the effects of aromatherapy massage on sleep quality of nurses with monthly rotating night shifts. Subjects were enrolled at a medical center in central Taiwan with overall score ≥ 5 of Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) and randomly assigned to the treatment or control groups. They were validated by pretests during their first graveyard shift in the trial period and the sleep quality information was collected by using the PSQI and sleep detectors.

Characteristics of Herbal Medicine Users among Internal Medicine Patients: A Cross-Sectional Analysis

Herbal medicine is among the most frequently used complementary medicines. This study aims to identify the socio-demographic and health-related predictors of herbal medicine utilisation among patients with chronic internal medicine conditions admitted to inpatient care. Read more here.

Methanol Leaves Extract Hibiscus micranthus Linn Exhibited Antibacterial and Wound Healing Activities

Infectious diseases are the most common causes of morbidity and mortality in developing countries. Wound and wound infections are also major health problem. Nowadays, medicinal plants play a major role in treatment of infectious diseases and wound healing and they are easily available and more affordable as compared to synthetic compounds. The aim of this study is therefore, to investigate the antibacterial and wound healing activities of 80% methanol extract of Hibiscus micranthus leaves using disc diffusion methods and rat excision model respectively.

World Congress Integrative Medicine & Health 2017 Meeting Abstracts Published

The World Congress Integrative Medicine & Health 2017 meeting abstracts are now published on the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine journal website. You can view them here

Implementation of Tobacco Cessation Brief Intervention in Complementary and Alternative Medicine Practice: Qualitative Evaluation

This article presents findings from qualitative interviews conducted as part of a research study that trained Acupuncture, Massage, and Chiropractic practitioners’ in Arizona, US, to implement evidence-based tobacco cessation brief interventions (BI) in their routine practice.

Prevalence and Predictors of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use among People with Coronary Heart Disease or At Risk for This in the Sixth Tromsø Study: A Comparative Analysis Using Protection Motivation Theory

Engagement in healthy lifestyle behaviors, such as healthy diet and regular physical activity, are known to reduce the risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD). Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is known to be associated with having a healthy lifestyle. The primary aim of this study was to examine the prevalence and predictors of CAM use in CHD patients, and in those without CHD but at risk for developing CHD, using Protection Motivation Theory (PMT) as a guiding conceptual framework.

Hypnosis in Patients with Perceived Stress – A Systematic Review

Although hypnosis and hypnotherapy have become more popular in recent years, the evidence for hypnosis to influence perceived stress is unclear. In this systematic review we searched and evaluated randomized clinical studies investigating the effect of hypnosis on perceived stress reduction and coping. Read more here.

Using Neurofeedback to Manage Long-Term Symptoms in Cancer Survivors: Results of a Survey of Neurofeedback Providers

Neurofeedback is a drug-free form of brain training reported to help with a variety of conditions including pain, fatigue, depression, anxiety, sleep disorders and cognitive decline. This cross-sectional descriptive study explored the use of neurofeedback by cancer survivors to manage long-term symptoms, and aimed to identify safe, effective neurofeedback protocols for this population. Read more here.